Just like my three daughters, New Mexico is resilient. Our state is full of strong-willed individuals who have gone through turmoil, yet have always emerged tougher than ever. From our past, we can envision a powerful future. One where we have broken free from the chains of the oil and gas industry. Because like my girls, we are stronger than we realize.

We must support those actions being taken right now to curb the oil and gas industry if we are ever to see a true transition. One such important step has been the Biden Administration’s moratorium on oil and gas leasing.

At the beginning of the year, the Department of Interior paused the lease of federal lands to oil and gas companies to allow a comprehensive review of the program and whether it should continue. The pause has caused great contention and fear in New Mexico over the loss of jobs and investment in public schools despite the fact that these companies have stockpiled…

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